Andrew Symonds Two-Time World Cup Winner Dies in Car Crash

Andrew Symonds, a former all-rounder for Australia and two-time World Cup winner, died in a car accident in Queensland on Sunday, Cricket Australia (CA) said. Symonds was 46 years old. Between 1998 and 2009, he played 238 games for Australia, 26 of which were tests.

The accident happened on Saturday night in Hervey Range, which is 50 kilometers from Townsville. A police statement said that the car Symonds was driving went off the road and rolled. It was a one-car accident, the statement said. Queensland Police said that they have started looking into what happened in the crash.

“Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries,” the police statement said.

Lachlan Henderson, the head of the CA, said that Australian cricket had lost “another one of its best.”

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“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia’s success at World Cups and as part of Queensland’s rich cricket history,” he said in a statement.

“He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends. “On behalf of Australian cricket, our deepest sympathies are with Andrew’s family, teammates, and friends.”

“At times he got in trouble for not going to training or maybe having a few too many beers … but that is the way he lived his life and the way he wanted to play his cricket also.”

When Symonds died, Australian cricket was still coming to terms with the deaths of Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, two of the best players of all time. Both of them died in March.
Symonds’ best test score was 162 not out, which he got against India in a match in Sydney in 2008 that is more famous for a racism scandal that surrounded him.

The India team, led by Anil Kumble, threatened to quit the series after a match official said that bowler Harbhajan Singh had used racist language toward Symonds. This decision was later overturned.

“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Andrew Symonds,” Harbhajan, who later played with Symonds at Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), tweeted. “Gone too soon. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul.” Kumble also wrote a message of sorrow on Twitter. Shoaib Akhtar, who used to be a fast bowler for Pakistan, also felt sad about his friend’s death.

“Devastated to hear about Andrew Symonds passing away in a car crash in Australia,” Shoaib tweeted. “We shared a great relationship on & off the field. Thoughts & prayers with the family.”

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